College of Management and Technology
Greetings, all – My name is Scott.Burrus. I hold a PhD in Psychology and my professional background is in program evaluation, applied social policy research, program development, consultation, and higher education, in particular online doctoral education. My expertise includes research design, data collection methods, and qualitative and quantitative data analysis. My content areas have spanned early childhood education, online education, juvenile substance use prevention and child welfare policy. I have managed several multi-site research, for example projects focused on understanding how the judicial, child welfare, and treatment systems serve families involved with child welfare due to parental substance abuse. Presently, my personal research interests lie in adult online learning, learning analytics, and student retention. However, as a methodologist I enjoy chairing and serving on committees that reflect a range of research topics.
I have extensive experience working with students on developing doctoral-level research methodology as a dissertation chair, committee member, dissertation reviewer, adjunct faculty, full-time university faculty member, and consultant. I think the most important thing I can provide students is the ability to clarify and demystify the research process. That’s really where my gifting lies. That is I seem to have this ability to clarify the complexities of research methods to students new to the research process if it is either dealing with the role of the researcher in a qualitative case study or understanding the complexities of linear mixed modeling.
I love research, it is a true passion, and I particularly enjoy finding alignment between a research problem and the appropriate method. I look forward to working with you on your project.